22 October 2019
Japanese Emperor Naruhito began ceremonies to formally proclaim his enthronement on Tuesday in a centuries-old ritual attended by dignitaries from more than 180 countries.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is among the guests at the proclamation ceremony held at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. Emperor Naruhito, 59, and Empress Masako, 55, took over in May in a brief, tradition-filled ceremony.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a congratulatory speech before guests. A court banquet is due to be held on Tuesday evening, before Naruhito and Empress Masako host a tea party for foreign royalty on October 23.
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